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02-23-2017, 01:54 PM
UCLA Beckons as Zags Continue Opening Road Swing

Three games in three days against the Bruins in LA

Feb. 23, 2017

Gonzaga Notes (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2016-17/release/release_20170223aaa.pdf) | UCLA Notes

Gonzaga at UCLA
Feb. 24-26, 2017 | Jackie Robinson Stadium | Los Angeles, Calif.

Friday, Feb. 24 at UCLA 6:00 p.m. Live Stats (http://www.statbroadcast.com/events/statbroadcast.php?t=1&gid=ucla) Live Audio (http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/2016/8/16/live-audio.aspx)
RHP Eli Morgan (0-1, 9.00 ERA) vs. RHP Griffin Canning (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Saturday, Feb. 25 at UCLA 2:00 p.m. Live Stats (http://www.statbroadcast.com/events/statbroadcast.php?t=1&gid=ucla) Live Audio (http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/2016/8/16/live-audio.aspx)
RHP Justin Vernia (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Jake Bird (1-0, 1.29 ERA)

Sunday, Feb. 26 at UCLA 1:00 p.m. Live Stats (http://www.statbroadcast.com/events/statbroadcast.php?t=1&gid=ucla) Live Audio (http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/2016/8/16/live-audio.aspx)
RHP Casey Legumina (0-0, -.-- ERA) vs. RHP Jon Olsen (0-0, 0.00 ERA)


The Zags went 2-2 last weekend at the Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic in Surprise, Ariz....they beat Duke twice and fell to Indiana twice...RHP Justin Vernia opened the year with a sterling performance vs. the Blue Devils, retiring the first 20 batters he faced and allowing just one unearned run and three hits in 8.0 innings.

The bats were fairly consistent in terms of hits, tallying 11, 9, 10, and 7 as a team in those four games...IF Jeff Bohling and OF Sam Brown led the team with seven hits and a .412 average...Bohling, last year’s WCC Player of the Year, racked up a pair of doubles and a .529 slugging percentage while Brown extended his on-base streak to 35 games...that’s the second-longest such streak by a Zag in the last nine years (48, Mitchell Gunsolus, 2014-15).


Gonzaga and UCLA have squared off six times since the turn of the century, and UCLA leads the series 4-2...the Bruins took two of three from GU in May of 2015, but the Zags actually scored more runs (11-10)...Gonzaga’s lone win came May 3, 2015, when Justin Jacobs paced the Zags with three hits and three RBIs...Sam Brown added two hits, a walk, and a run scored...a full rundown of the series history may be found on page five.

The Bruins are 2-1 on the year, most recently falling to UC Riverside 3-2 at home on Tuesday after sweeping a rain-shortened series against San Jose State...the pitching staff has combined for a 1.67 ERA this year, only allowing five earned runs - six total - in three games...starters Griffin Canning and Jon Olsen each have yet to allow a run, and both have allowed two or fewer hits in each of their starts...OF Daniel Amaral leads the team with five hits and a .417 batting average, and both he and INF Ryan Kreidler have four RBIs on the young season.


In both wins against Duke, Gonzaga’s offense got rolling in the first inning...they scored three in the first on Feb. 17 and two in the first Feb. 18...altogether, the Zags are hitting .381 in the opening frame, their second best single-inning average...INF Justin Jacobs is 2x3 with a double and two RBIs in the first inning, and INF Jeff Bohling is 3x4 with a double and two runs scored.

The pitching staff has only allowed runs once in the first inning: Feb. 19 versus Indiana...this weekend’s starters, RHP Eli Morgan and RHP Justin Vernia, did not allow a hit in the first inning of their starts Feb. 17. When leading off any inning, the Bulldogs are reaching base at a .400 mark (14x35)...Bohling has reached all three times he’s led an inning off, and leadoff hitter Sam Brown is 2x5 (.400)...eight of the 11 different Zags who’ve led off at least once have reached at a .333 clip or better.


Gonzaga’s lineup features plenty of upperclassmen: of the 11 Zags to start at least one game in the field, nine are either a junior or a senior...all nine starters Feb. 19 versus Indiana were at least a junior.

GU’s everyday seniors (Jeff Bohling, Sam Brown, Justin Jacobs, Jake Roberts) have accounted for 22 of the team’s 36 hits, eight of 14 runs scored, and five of seven doubles...also, senior pitchers (Justin Vernia, Sam Hellinger, and Wyatt Mills) have made four appearances, thrown 12.0 innings, and allowed just five hits and one unearned run.


The Zags play a tough schedule this season, facing five NCAA Regional squads (Duke, CSU Fullerton, Washington, UCSB, Saint Mary’s), one of which made it to Omaha last year UCSB)...in all, the Zags’ 2017 opponents have made 52 trips to the College World Series, with 11 coming away victorious...they’ve also made 247 total Regional appearances...finally, nine of Gonzaga’s foes finished 2016 ranked in the RPI top-75, and 11 of them ended in the top 100.

As is tradition, Gonzaga begins the year on a 16-game road trip to warmer climates...four of those already took place in Arizona while the rest will be in California...they also began last year with 16 games on the road...in 2015, their season-opening swing lasted 17 games, and it was 24 games the year before that.

The Zags play 52 games this season, 23 of which will take place in Spokane...they host six WCC teams after making six conference trips last year...the Zags open the home slate March 17 against Pacific, the first of an eight-game homestand...they close the home slate with 10 straight from April 28 to May 20...in conference play, Pacific, San Francisco, San Diego, Saint Mary’s, Loyola Marymount, and BYU all make the trek to the Inland Northwest...the Zags also host Washington twice, Washington State twice, and Seattle U once.


Gonzaga is coming off a wildly successful 2016 campaign...after winning a share of their third WCC regular season title, the Bulldogs earned the program’s first at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament...they began the Fort Worth Regional with a 5-1 win over Arizona State before falling to TCU and ASU in the next two games.
The Zags’ 36-21 record was a program-best since 2009...23 of those wins came in true road games, tied for second-most in Division I.

Seven Bulldogs earned spots on the various All-WCC squads, including returners Jeff Bohling (Player of the Year), Tyler Frost (First Team), Eli Morgan (First Team), Justin Jacobs (Honorable Mention), and Jace VanDeBrake (Freshman Team)...six Zags were selected in the 2016 MLB Draft.


RHP Eli Morgan is coming off a tough season-opening outing, allowing six runs in six innings to Indiana...he did fan seven batters...the junior went undefeated in WCC play in 2016 (8-0, 1.14 ERA, 71 Ks)...he pitched four complete games and three shutouts as a sophomore, including consecutive shutouts to end the regular season...the Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., native made his first career start on May 3, 2015 at UCLA, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out two in 5.1 innings of work.

RHP Justin Vernia pitched a gem in last weekend’s season-opening win versus Duke, going a career-high 8.0 innings and allowing only one unearned run...last year, his first as a Zag, he made 15 appearances, six of them starts...over the summer, he pitched the Mat-Su Miners to a Top of the World Series championship, starting the title game...he posted a 0.58 ERA over seven starts and 46.1 innings throughout the summer...in his first year as a Zag (2016), Vernia started six games and made 15 appearances.

RHP Casey Legumina will make his first collegiate appearance when he takes the mound on Sunday...the Chandler, Ariz., native played for Basha HS, striking out a school-record 72 batters as a junior...last year, he hit .443 with seven home runs, earning Team MVP and First Team All-Section honors...Legumina was selected in the 25th round of last year’s MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays but chose to become a Zag...

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/022317aaa.html)

02-23-2017, 01:57 PM
Warren Nolan Link ~ Gonzaga (http://warrennolan.com/baseball/2017/schedule/Gonzaga)

02-24-2017, 08:12 PM
Gonzaga scores in the top of the 9th to tie the game with UCLA 1-1...

Game now goes to the 10th...


02-24-2017, 08:33 PM
In the top of the 10th, the Zags get runners on 1st and 2nd 0n base on balls with 1 out...

Troy Johnston then singles to left scoring 1 run...

Then Jeff Bohling singles up the middle to load the bases...

Tyler Frost then pops up to short for the 2nd out...

Justin Jacobs flies out to center to end the inning...

Gonzaga now leads 2-1 entering the bottom of the 10th...

02-24-2017, 08:40 PM
Gonzaga defeats UCLA 2-1...

In the bottom of the 10th, the Zags strike out the last batter as UCLA strands a runner on 3rd base...


02-24-2017, 09:08 PM
Thanks Terp. Zags have had some pretty good pitching out of the gate.

02-25-2017, 05:58 AM
Zags Rally for Extra-Innings Win at UCLA

Troy Johnston drives in winning run with first career hit

Feb. 24, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon05.html)

LOS ANGELES--After being held scoreless through the first eight innings, the Gonzaga baseball team scored one run in the ninth and one more in the 10th for a 2-1 extra-innings win at UCLA Friday night.

The Zags evened the game in the top of the ninth inning. Tyler Frost led the frame with a single to left field, and he advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Justin Jacobs. A wild pitch from UCLA reliever Justin Hooper put Frost on third base, and the center fielder came home on an RBI groundout from Gunnar Schubert.

After reliever Sam Hellinger kept the Bruins off the scoreboard in the bottom of the ninth, the Zags took the lead on Troy Johnston's first career single. He ripped a 2-2 pitch into left field, allowing Jake Roberts to score from second base. The Bulldog catcher led the frame off with a four-pitch walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Johnston's base knock, Jeff Bohling also singled to load the bases, but a pop up and a fly out ended the inning.

Zag closer Wyatt Mills came on to pitch the bottom of the tenth. The senior allowed a single and a sacrifice bunt but retired the next two batters, including a strikeout of UCLA third baseman Ryan Kreidler to end the game.

Both starters held the offenses in check through the first two thirds of the game. Gonzaga righty Eli Morgan turned in a quality start, striking out seven and allowing just five hits through six innings. Bruin shortstop Nick Valaika began the bottom of the second with a solo home run, but that was all Morgan let cross the plate; he left six runners stranded on base. UCLA starter Griffin Canning was even better, throwing seven innings of shutout ball. The junior struck out 12 batters, and the Zags managed two hits: a Sam Brown single to begin the game, and a single from Patrick Chung to begin the sixth inning. In the first inning, the Zags actually got a pair of base-runners after Frost drew a two-out walk, but Canning ended the threat with a strikeout.

Once the starters were taken out of the game, the game opened up a bit, but the Zags only got their ninth-inning run and UCLA didn't plate any. UCLA put runners on the corners in both the seventh and the eighth innings, but Hellinger got out of both innings. In the top of the eighth, Nick Brooks led off with a pinch-hit double, giving the Zags a runner in scoring position. He then gave way for pinch runner Parker Price, who advanced to third on a wild pitch with two outs before a strikeout ended the threat.

Hellinger drew the win - his first of the season - for Gonzaga after 3.0 scoreless innings in the seventh, eighth, and ninth. Mills earned his second save of 2017, and the Bruins' Brian Gadsby suffered his second loss of the year...

Next Up:

The Bulldogs (3-2) and Bruins (2-2) continue the three-game series on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2:00 p.m. Gonzaga will turn to right-hander Justin Vernia on the mound, while fellow righty Jake Bird will toe the rubber for UCLA.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/022417aaa.html)

02-25-2017, 02:58 PM
Saturday, UCLA leads Gonzaga 5-0 going into the top of the 7th inning...

02-25-2017, 03:48 PM
This afternoon, UCLA defeats Gonzaga 6-1...

Final Game Stats: Zags vs. Bruins (http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=164065)

02-25-2017, 07:01 PM
Bruins Even Series With Strong Pitching

Zags gather eight hits in 6-1 loss

Feb. 25, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon06.html)

LOS ANGELES—The Gonzaga University baseball team saw tough pitching from its UCLA foe Saturday, falling 6-1 during the middle game of a three-game slate at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles.

UCLA pitching again stifled Gonzaga’s offense for much of the game. Bruins starter Jake Bird turned in a scoreless 6.0 innings, striking out seven batters and retiring 12 in a row at one point. In that fifth inning, Justin Jacobs led off with a first-pitch single, and Jake Vieth ripped another base knock to right field, giving the Zags two on with one out. Catcher Jake Roberts squared up on the first pitch he saw, but he hit the ball right at UCLA third baseman Ryan Kreidler for a line out. A fly out ended the rally, which was the Zags’ best scoring opportunity off Bird. The UCLA righty allowed one hit in the sixth and walked his one batter faced in the seventh.

After Bird left the game, relievers Matt Walker, Scott Burke, and Moises Ceja combined to hold the Zags to four hits and one run. That run came in the ninth inning when pinch hitter Daniel Fredrickson knocked a one-out single for his first hit as a Bulldog. Vieth drove a double off the outfield wall to put Fredrickson on third base, and the Woodinville, Wash., native scored on a passed ball.

Gonzaga starter Justin Vernia, meanwhile, worked into the fourth inning. He gave up three runs, all three of which came on home runs. In the first inning, UCLA first baseman Sean Bouchard drove the first ball he saw out to center field for a two-run blast, and second baseman Chase Strumpf led off the fourth with a solo four-bagger. Vernia allowed six other hits on the day, but he stranded four runners on base and exited the game with one on in the fourth, whom Mac Lardner left out there after closing out the frame.

The home team picked up another two runs in the sixth on another two-run homer from Bouchard and one more in the eighth on an RBI single from Daniel Amaral.

Bird claimed the win for UCLA as the Bruins advanced to 3-2 on the year. Vernia suffered his first loss of 2017 for the Zags, who fell back to .500 at 3-3...

Next Up:

The Zags and Bruins will wrap up the series on Sunday, Feb. 26. Freshman RHP Casey Legumina will make his collegiate debut for the Zags while the Bruins turn to right hander Jon Olsen. First pitch for the rubber match is slated for 1:00 p.m.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/022517aaa.html)

02-26-2017, 03:41 PM
Sunday afternoon, UCLA defeats Gonzaga 5-4...

Final Game Stats: Gonzaga vs. UCLA (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon07.html)

02-26-2017, 06:10 PM
Zags Narrowly Fall in Series Finale at UCLA

Bruins win 5-4 after robbing Frost of a home run in the eighth

Feb. 26, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon07.html)

LOS ANGELES--It was another close game for the Gonzaga baseball team at UCLA Sunday, but the Bruins held on for a 5-4 win thanks to a stolen home run ball in the eighth inning at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Down by a run in the bottom of the eighth, Zag center fielder Tyler Frost sent a two-out, 1-1 pitch well into left field. As the ball was approaching the outfield fence, UCLA left fielder Brett Stephens made a well-timed leap, making the catch for the final out and stopping the Zags from tying the game.

The Zags opened the contest by scoring two runs in the first inning. Jeff Bohling and Frost both reached with one out, and Gunnar Schubert opened the scoring account with an RBI single to center field, allowing Bohling to score from third base. In the next at bat, Jake Vieth drove a 2-0 pitch into right field, plating Frost for the two-run advantage.

UCLA countered with four runs off Gonzaga right hander Casey Legumina in the second. The first four Bruins singled to begin the frame, and UCLA also took advantage of a GU throwing error and a sacrifice fly from Sean Bouchard for the runs. All four of those were earned runs despite the error.

Both teams tacked on one more in the third inning. The Zags scored theirs on another RBI single from Vieth, while the Bruins saw a solo homer from Jake Pries. Gonzaga got that run back in the next frame, however, when Frost went yard for the first time this season, cutting UCLA's lead to one at 5-4.

After Pries' home run with one down in the third, Legumina settled into a rhythm. He retired his next eight batters that he faced, and he faced the minimum 11 batters from the homer until the end of the sixth inning, when he left the game in favor of reliever Daniel Bies. Bies retired the side in order in the seventh and made two outs in the eighth before Wyatt Mills got the final out for the Zags.

While they did not score after Frost's fourth-inning home run, the Bulldogs saw ample opportunities. Besides Frost's near-second homer in the eighth, they loaded the bases in the sixth, getting two two-out walks and a single for a threat. Vieth then blasted a 3-2 pitch out to center field, but the Bruins' Daniel Amaral made the catch not far from the wall to retire the side.

UCLA reliever Nick Scheidler earned the win, his first of the year, after tossing 1.2 scoreless innings in the fourth and through most of the fifth. Legumina took the loss in his collegiate debut, while the Bruins' Brian Gadsby picked up the save...

Next Up:

Gonzaga (3-4) continues the season-opening road trip with another Pac-12 opponent next weekend. The Zags head to Berkeley, Calif., for four games at California. The first contest of the series will begin at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, March 3.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/022617aaa.html)